Scripture Alone: The Holy Scriptures are God's Word (2 Peter 1:19-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17) is the only source of our faith. Faith Alone: We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Grace Alone: Our salvation is a free gift from God. Christ Alone: Christ saved us. Only faith in Christ saves. Grace is won by Christ. All Scripture points to Christ.
How am I saved? Justification
Our church teachers that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. People are freely justified for Christ's sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ's sake. By his death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. God counts this faith for righteousness in his sight (Romans 3:21-26; 4:5).
To justify means to declare righteous. God declares a sinner righteous by forgiving his sins and crediting Christ's righteousness to him. This forgiveness/justification can only be received through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We cannot be saved by our good works. We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Confessional Lutheran congregation. We believe that the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are the inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16). God's Word is without errors and infallible (Isaiah 55:10-11). We believe that saving faith comes from hearing the word of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:17).
We call ourselves confessional, because we subscribe to the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as found in the Book of Concord (1580). We believe that the unaltered Augsburg Confesssion (1530) and its Apology (1531), the Small and Large Catechism (1529) of Martin Luther, the Smalcald Articles (1538), the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (1537), and the Formula of Concord (1577), which make up the Book of Concord are in full agreement with the Holy Scriptures. These writings are a right exposition of God's Word.
Trinity Lutheran boldly confesses the three ancient Ecumenical Creeds of the Christian Church, the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian. Therefore, We confess that God is the Holy Trinity. There is one God, yet three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is unbegotten, the Son is begotten of the Father alone, and the Holy Spirit is not begotten, but proceeds from the Father and the Son. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are equal in majesty, power, and eternity. They share the same divine essence, yet they are distinct Persons. There are not three gods, but one. We hold this mystery to be true, because of the witness of Holy Scripture. We confess that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God "for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end."
We believe that Baptism saves (1 Peter 3:21) by washing away our sins. Baptism connects us to Christ's death and resurrection (Romans 6:4). Jesus commanded his disciples to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Because of God's clear promise and command to baptize all our members are baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Because babies too need to be saved (Psalm 51:5) and Jesus commands to baptize all nations, we baptize infants.
In the Divine Service God feeds us with the gifts Christ won for us on the cross. In the stead and by the command of Christ Jesus the pastor declares the forgiveness of sins to the congregation after they confess their sins. Through the pastor God instructs us and proclaims the Gospel in Scripture lessons and a sermon. And Christ feeds us with his true body and blood given and shed for us on the cross for the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. We invite all people to come to our Divine Service. Please see our Communion Statement if you are interested in communing and contact the pastor before the service if you have not communed at Trinity before.
Our congregation confesses that Jesus' body and blood, which were given and shed on the cross are truly present with the bread and wine in the Lord's Supper. We believe that the benefits of eating and drinking Christ's body and blood are tremendous. This Sacrament gives forgiveness of sins, life and salvation to all who receive it in faith.
However, following the teaching of Saint Paul in Holy Scripture (1 Corinthians 11:27-29) and Augsburg Confession XXV only baptized Christians who have been examined according to our Lutheran Confessions and absolved are admitted to the Sacrament. We mourn that their is not unity in doctrine among the Christian denominations, but we ask that you respect our practice. Only those who are members in good standing of an LCMS congregation or a congregation in one of our sister synods are admitted to the Lord's Supper. If you have not communed at Trinity before please speak to the pastor before communing.